There are several things you should do before falling asleep. One is to get off the toilet and flush the toilet. A second is to turn off the stove. A third is to remove your contact lenses from your eyes.
Like this SCS local featured news segment, an optometrist, Patrick Vollmer, OD, in Shelby, NC, photos shared on Facebook of what can happen if you don’t do the third thing:
Caramba eyes. According to Vollmer’s Facebook post, the photos are of an ulcer in a woman’s cornea caused by a Pseudomonas infection. Pseudomonas rhymes with “rude oh throne is” and is a bacteria that apparently nibbled at his cornea, the clear front part of his eye. The green substance you see in the photos is not pus, alien mud, or the result of infection, but rather fluorescein dye that Vollmer put on the cornea to better show the ulcer.
If you’ve ever been stung in your eye, you can somehow imagine how painful any type of scratch in your cornea can be. Now imagine that something is eating away at your cornea. Such an infection could possibly have made the woman blind. Vollmer said: “I was able to start this patient on 24 hour fortified antibiotic drops and recently steroids to reduce permanent scarring. Although this patient’s eye continues to improve significantly from baseline, she will most likely exhibit some form of residual vision loss even after treatment. “
Yes, keeping something in your eyes while you sleep is risky. It can lead to a variety of different infections with viruses, bacteria, amoeba or fungi. And despite the name, the fungi in your eyes are no fun. Other germs are also not when they cause eye infections. One possible result of the infection is conjunctivitis. This is also known without affection as the “pink eye”, which has nothing to do with the singer. It is an infection of the conjunctiva, the clear, thin membrane that covers the white part of your eye and the inside of your eyelids. This can leave your eyes red, itchy, or sandy. You may experience tearing or discharge from the eyes. If you think you have conjunctivitis, contact your doctor immediately, as such an infection could spread to your cornea.
Speaking of cornea, keratitis occurs when your cornea becomes inflamed and has nothing to do with Carrot Top. Your cornea is the clear, dome-shaped tissue covering the front of your eye where your pupil and iris are located. Another risk of wearing your lenses while sleeping is keratitis. This can be the result of an injury from something stuck under your contact lens or an infection. Keratitis can lead to scarring or ulcers on the cornea, loss of vision, or even blindness. Symptoms include eye redness, eye pain, excessive tearing, eye discharge, a feeling that something has caught your eye, vision problems, and sensitivity to light. If you think you have keratitis, see your doctor right away or you may not see anything at all.
Even if you don’t develop an infection or suffer direct damage from contact lenses, sleeping with contact lenses on can be like sleeping with underwear tight on your face. It may be difficult for your cornea to “breathe”, depriving it of oxygen. As a result, more blood vessels can grow to supply more blood and therefore oxygen to the cornea. These new blood vessels can cause problems, alter your vision, and lead to inflammation which can damage and change the shape of your cornea. All of this can make it more difficult for contact lenses to fit in your eye, which means in horror horror you have to start wearing glasses again.
But, what about those US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved contact lenses for overnight or multi-day wear, you might be wondering in your most pretentious voice? by Ted Mosby? Ah, just because something can be a bit safer if you accidentally fall asleep in it doesn’t mean they’re risk-free. The longer and more often you sleep with contact lenses, the greater the risk. Do you really need to see something when you sleep? Why not just open your eyes to remove these lenses before closing your eyes.